The Pages of Her Life
New from the award–winning author of The Five Times I Met Myself.How Do You Stand Up for Yourself When It Means Losing Everything?Allison Moore is making it. Barely. The Seattle area architecture firm she started with her best friend is struggling, but at least they’re free from the games played by the corporate world. She’s gotten over her divorce. And while her dad’s recent passing is tough, their relationship had never been easy.Then the bomb drops. Her dad had a secret life and left her mom in massive debt.As Allison scrambles to help her mom find a way out, she’s given a journal, anonymously, during a visit to her favorite coffee shop. As the pressure to rescue her mom mounts, Allison pours her fears and heartache into the journal.But then the unexplainable happens. The words in the journal, her words, begin to disappear. And new ones fill the empty spaces— words that force her to look at everything she knows about herself in a new light.Ignoring those words could cost her everything . . . . but so could embracing them.“James L. Rubart’s writing always delivers characters that echo our own lives, living in a world not too removed from our own. The Pages of Her Life is another captivating taste of who we really can be.” —David Rawlings, author of The Baggage Handler“I’m a slow reader, but I couldn’t put down The Pages of Her Life. This intriguing story is brimming with wonderful characters and more than a few surprises, including marvelous cameos by characters from another favorite Rubart novel. Immensely thought-provoking, this novel would make a fabulous book-club read. I can’t recommend it highly enough!” —Deborah Raney, author of A Vow to Cherish and the Chandler Sisters Novels“The Pages of Her Life is quintessential James Rubart and showcases why his novels are automatic must-reads. Rubart’s new novel explores courage and self-discovery. The right decisions are almost always hard, and Rubart’s deft hand with character and theme shine in his new novel. Highly recommended!” —Colleen Coble, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Lavender Tides series

The Pages of Her Life Details

TitleThe Pages of Her Life
Author
ReleaseMay 21st, 2019
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780718099428
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Fiction, Contemporary

The Pages of Her Life Review

  • Kimberly Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    While undergoing tremendous life challenges, Allison receives a beautiful leather journal as a gift from a stranger. As Allison pours out her heartache in the journal, the unexplainable occurs.....written messages appear overnight in response to her journal entries. Is it a supernatural intervention, as her mother believes? Words of hope and strength appear in the mysterious journal. Allison’s fearful words are changed into bold statements of faith; yet oddly, her life struggles continue. What i While undergoing tremendous life challenges, Allison receives a beautiful leather journal as a gift from a stranger. As Allison pours out her heartache in the journal, the unexplainable occurs.....written messages appear overnight in response to her journal entries. Is it a supernatural intervention, as her mother believes? Words of hope and strength appear in the mysterious journal. Allison’s fearful words are changed into bold statements of faith; yet oddly, her life struggles continue. What is she missing? Allison, her mother, and her long lost brother Parker are facing enormous financial challenges as well as other unmet needs carried over from the past. Parker and Allison could never measure up, in their father’s eyes. Now their mother is struggling with a mountain of debt her husband has left behind, evidence of a double life he had hidden from her. An exploration of the lies we believe about our identities, and the transformation that is made possible by truth. A truly heartwarming novel that is sure to leave you with a smile and feeling blessed.I received a digital ARC from Thomas Nelson and NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    Rubart has the unique skill of imagining possible ways God might work in a person. Each of his novels is an adventure in seeing God and his angels busy in the transformation process. In this one, a mysterious journal helps the main character, Allison, see her true character and who God wants her to be. A secondary character is her brother. God uses a stint on a fishing boat in Alaska to expose his character and cause transformation. Several issues are covered in these two stories, including livi Rubart has the unique skill of imagining possible ways God might work in a person. Each of his novels is an adventure in seeing God and his angels busy in the transformation process. In this one, a mysterious journal helps the main character, Allison, see her true character and who God wants her to be. A secondary character is her brother. God uses a stint on a fishing boat in Alaska to expose his character and cause transformation. Several issues are covered in these two stories, including living up to parental expectations and seeking parental approval, knowing one's own worth, “religious” and phony Christianity, and a few more.This novel is character driven. There is no driving plot. In fact, it took me a while to get into the story. The strength of the novel is found in the character revelations and transformations and the bold actions that come from them. I would not call this book a page turner but when I got to the end I was so glad I read the book. There is a great deal of thought provoking content included.I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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  • Gretchen Louise
    January 1, 1970
    James Rubart is a gifted author and speaker. I have always enjoyed how his way with words makes me think outside the box. However, I was disappointed in his latest book, The Pages of Her Life.(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)I firmly believe, as Allison's mom said in the book, that, "God hasn't lost his power of creativity. He can still reach people in extremely unusual ways."Thus it was d James Rubart is a gifted author and speaker. I have always enjoyed how his way with words makes me think outside the box. However, I was disappointed in his latest book, The Pages of Her Life.(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)I firmly believe, as Allison's mom said in the book, that, "God hasn't lost his power of creativity. He can still reach people in extremely unusual ways."Thus it was disappointing that a character like Allison, who was so obviously searching for more, was instead constantly told to look deep inside herself to find "a strength inside her that she’d never known and yet had always known."Allison's brother was given the same advice: "All you needed to do is see what has always been inside you."The Pages of Her Life reminds us, “There’s a vast difference between religion and Christianity." A character says, "We’re talking about a God who can create a universe so vast we cannot comprehend it, a God who makes blind eyes see. This is a God who raises people from the dead, a God who makes lame men walk. You think he isn’t capable of putting things in motion to change a word or two in an ancient journal?”After those statements, it was disappointing to be left with this anti-climactic answer to Allison's problems: "...there was one thing that could never be shaken. One thing that was as everlasting as eternity. And it was at the core of her being. She was a warrior. Had always been one. Would always be one. And it was time for her to breathe life back into that warrior. Time for the bones to grow flesh around them. Time for flesh to rise and come alive. Time to banish fear from her heart, her mind, her soul, and allow the Spirit of truth to be her strength. Time for her to fight again. Time for her to be Allison Moore."Her brother's life answers were no more promising: “I’m starting to know who I am. Live from the deep part of me that’s been there all along, I just didn’t know it. And it turns out that person has worth. More than I knew.”Romans 3:10 tells me, "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one." Luke 18:19 says that no one is good except God alone.Without Him, I can do nothing. It is only in Christ that I can do all things (Philippians 4:13). My salvation is not my own doing: it is only by His grace (Ephesians 2:8). Ephesians 6:10-18 commands me to be strong in the Lord, in His mighty power; to put on the full armor of God.Galatians 2:20 tells me that if I am crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Jesus Christ who lives in me.I was waiting for that truth to be revealed in The Pages of Her Life. It felt anti-climactic to be pointed to something "at the core of my being," told to live based on my own self worth.In the words of the hymn, it's "Naught of good that I have done, nothing but the blood of Jesus."I wish The Pages of Her Life had written into Allison's story the "mystery" of Colossians 1:27 that is Christ in us, the hope of glory. 
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  • Paula Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    As a Christian writer, I have always enjoyed James Rubart's books as they touch on the supernatural side of miracles. In The Pages of Her Life, we meet Alison who is about to discover that her mother's life isn't as rosy and happy as she had imagined and that in learning about her mother's demise it will set her life on a completely different track that will change it eventually for the best, though it won't appear so for a wee while. She will go through trials and tribulations. The story starts As a Christian writer, I have always enjoyed James Rubart's books as they touch on the supernatural side of miracles. In The Pages of Her Life, we meet Alison who is about to discover that her mother's life isn't as rosy and happy as she had imagined and that in learning about her mother's demise it will set her life on a completely different track that will change it eventually for the best, though it won't appear so for a wee while. She will go through trials and tribulations. The story starts when Alison learns of her father's debt that he lumbered her mother with after he died, she then prays to God and is offered by an old friend an opportunity to become a partner in his architecture firm. She accepts but as life will have it, it isn't what she had imagined, and she will learn that her so-called friend's experience of integrity is built on a pile of lies. One day at a coffee shop, she is handed a gift. A journal with a leather bound cover and a picture of the Tree of life on the cover. That journal Alison will soon discover is a gift from an angel, and as Alison writes in it, the words change and as she goes on a journey to learn the truth about the journal. She will be opened up to the world of God speaking to her through the written word. I liked this book as writing and journalling is somewhat a passion of mine and having a journal where God speaks through to you- would be a fantastic gift to be given. One of my favorite things about The Pages of Her Life was that we were reunited with Micah , Sarah and the mechanic Rick who featured in James Rubart's earlier book "Rooms" If you love edgy Christian fiction and authors like Ted Dekker and Randy Alcorn, you will enjoy James L. Rubart and his book The Pages of Her Life.
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  • Rissa
    January 1, 1970
    Her father whom she loved so dearly has a secret and his secret left her mother in great debt. Then while trying to help her mother she is given a journal that makes her question everything she once knew. I didnt bond with the characters and I felt as though there was character development missing and just an overall introduction to what was happening. We sort of just start and I didnt feel like I was brought into the story correctly...Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson via netgalley for sending Her father whom she loved so dearly has a secret and his secret left her mother in great debt. Then while trying to help her mother she is given a journal that makes her question everything she once knew. I didnt bond with the characters and I felt as though there was character development missing and just an overall introduction to what was happening. We sort of just start and I didnt feel like I was brought into the story correctly...Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson via netgalley for sending me an ARC copy of pages of her life by James Rubart . This will be released on May 21, 2019. All opinions are my own.
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    "Climb the highest mountains that come into your world. Scale the city walls. Keep running even when this journey overwhelms you. Believe your bonds have been broken, Believe Jesus carried the cross of your shame. Believe in kingdom come. Not in some age to come in the future, but right now. Choose to believe the kingdom is in your midst and is here to set you free."James Rubart really knows how to craft a compelling book that draws you in from the first page and has you pondering everything you "Climb the highest mountains that come into your world. Scale the city walls. Keep running even when this journey overwhelms you. Believe your bonds have been broken, Believe Jesus carried the cross of your shame. Believe in kingdom come. Not in some age to come in the future, but right now. Choose to believe the kingdom is in your midst and is here to set you free."James Rubart really knows how to craft a compelling book that draws you in from the first page and has you pondering everything you've read after you finish the last page. His unique style and plot are refreshing and eye-opening. It's a fast read - you won't be able to put the book down once the story gains momentum and you're discovering, along with the main characters, why the entire world seems upside down and inside out. The book is a journey of Allison and Parker's - sister-brother duo who have lost much in life and can't seem to find who they are. Battered by guilt, shame, and a need to prove themselves and be loved, they are fighting this emotional and spiritual battle alone, one by making work top priority and doing her best to support their mom and the other by hiding from the world and festering away in isolation. They both begin this journey unwittingly and somewhat unwillingly but come to a place where the fears that are strangling them must be dealt with. No spoilers here, but there are some characters from one of his earlier books that make an appearance in this book and have a significant impact on both Allison and Parker (now I have to go and read that book since I'm a relative newbie in James Rubart's writing).There isn't any romantic thread in the book but there are plenty of good spiritual truths that we all need to hear sprinkled throughout the story. If you enjoy a well-written speculative novel with great characters and a plot that twists and turns, you have found your next read. I received a copy of the book from Thomas Nelson via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    I did enjoy the premise of this book, but at times it didn’t seem realistic, but then this is a fictional book.The author has given us a story of a Mom, struggling with the death of her husband [and not in the way you think], and focusing more on the life of her daughter and some on her son. We also deal with both of these children forgiving their dad for playing favorites, but most of all what he has done to their mom.While the story does revolve around a journal, and in the end, I had a person I did enjoy the premise of this book, but at times it didn’t seem realistic, but then this is a fictional book.The author has given us a story of a Mom, struggling with the death of her husband [and not in the way you think], and focusing more on the life of her daughter and some on her son. We also deal with both of these children forgiving their dad for playing favorites, but most of all what he has done to their mom.While the story does revolve around a journal, and in the end, I had a person that I wanted it to go to, but you will need to read and see what happens.Can this family give the forgiveness, and will they be able to mend and take care of their problems?Now I see there is another book coming, the brothers, and am looking forward to it!I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Tanya
    January 1, 1970
    The book was promising to be interesting, certain elements of the story such as a journal and a potential mystery introduced in the ad were intriguing. However, the story just feels undeveloped, there is so much filler dialogue, and it is mostly really meaningless. It was a bit of a torture reading it. It is predictable and super simple. Why does Christian fiction have to be so boring?
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  • Becky Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    “...secrets did not make for strong alliances.” And yet, in The Pages of Her Life, by James Rubart, we see a family thrown into a Twilight Zone setting by the death of the father and husband who kept unwelcome secrets. Allison, and her estranged brother, Parker, have difficulty in their lives as they try to escape the legacy of inadequacy their father bestowed upon them. An old journal and a stranger are about to shake up their lives forever.This novel was a great reminder for me that not everyt “...secrets did not make for strong alliances.” And yet, in The Pages of Her Life, by James Rubart, we see a family thrown into a Twilight Zone setting by the death of the father and husband who kept unwelcome secrets. Allison, and her estranged brother, Parker, have difficulty in their lives as they try to escape the legacy of inadequacy their father bestowed upon them. An old journal and a stranger are about to shake up their lives forever.This novel was a great reminder for me that not everything that seems to be of God really is. Certainly, some people claimed to love God in the book, but their actions proved just the opposite. They were their own gods. I wanted to cry with Allison as she begins to figure this out. It is easy to relate with her and her brother, as all the outer trimmings are stripped away and each is forced to look at his most basic needs.Of course, there is the mysterious working of God. The journal was unpredictable. “God isn’t working on my time frame, I’m working on his.” As I finish the novel, I have to say I feel like it is imaginative, yet there is that piece of me that says, “all things are possible with God.”In a few places, there were large portions of Scripture written out. That seemed to detract from the smoothness of the story. I felt that in at least one instance, the Scripture story could have been shared shortly and easily without being long and drawn-out, given that it is a familiar story. My other little issue is a theological one. I can’t share it without a spoiler, but I will say that many Christians, including me, may be surprised when we get to heaven and find out that things we held tightly to as Biblical absolutes are not. Also, the novel couldn’t happen without this theological difference, and that’s ok.One quote I will adopt as my own for fun:“She really needed to get in the habit of waking up before she decided to think.”Most memorable quote?“Choose to believe the kingdom is in your midst and is here to set you free.” The Jews missed this when Jesus came the first time. Allison and Parker have their turns to choose freedom or bondage. Now it is our turn; which will we choose?“Got it” quote?“Compared to the ocean, she felt small. Insignificant. And that was a good thing. A reminder that He was God, she was not, and that all along He’d had a plan to rescue her.”What a great tome to cause the mind’s cogs to start turning! And turning mine are. Pass me another Rubart, please.References by other readers have been made to a previous book, Rooms. I have not read that and understood The Pages of Her Life well. I feel it stands alone on its own merit.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit and NetGalley. No positive review was required, and all opinions are my own.
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    James L. Rubart creates mind-bending stories of faith and takes the ideas to a new level. Rubart takes what appears to be a simple story on the surface and creates something much, much deeper to the characters. All, at least the ones I have read, of the characters transform completely by the end of the novel. With Pages of Her Life, Allison is no exception. The plot dug deep and had me questioning why Allison kept working for Dexter, who I couldn't stand from the moment I met him. He was a very James L. Rubart creates mind-bending stories of faith and takes the ideas to a new level. Rubart takes what appears to be a simple story on the surface and creates something much, much deeper to the characters. All, at least the ones I have read, of the characters transform completely by the end of the novel. With Pages of Her Life, Allison is no exception. The plot dug deep and had me questioning why Allison kept working for Dexter, who I couldn't stand from the moment I met him. He was a very unlikely villain. I enjoyed the story, and I couldn't wait to see how the ending happened. As for the element with the money that was due by their mother, I believe, Allison, Parker, and her mother should have hired a lawyer and taken them to court. There is no way I would have paid that money. Unless the contract proved them liable, not just their deceased father, the money people had no leg to stand on. As a bonus, there is a couple of characters who appear from Rubart's previous novels. What a nice surprise. Overall, James L. Rubart's Pages of Her Life showed how trusting in yourself and God can change your perspective on life. I enjoyed this novel. I anxiously await what Rubart creates next.I received a complimentary copy of Pages of Her Life by James L. Rubart from Thomas Nelson Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Cheri Swalwell
    January 1, 1970
    This book was amazing! I couldn’t put it down. This is an author that I have really come to love and can’t wait to read even more of his books. I would suggest to the readers to read Rooms, another one of James L. Rubart’s books because it is reference in this book; however, I am going to be reading it afterwards and it hasn’t taken away from this book at all. The characters, storylines, and intrigue in this book drew me in with the first few pages and has kept me in suspense the entire time. I This book was amazing! I couldn’t put it down. This is an author that I have really come to love and can’t wait to read even more of his books. I would suggest to the readers to read Rooms, another one of James L. Rubart’s books because it is reference in this book; however, I am going to be reading it afterwards and it hasn’t taken away from this book at all. The characters, storylines, and intrigue in this book drew me in with the first few pages and has kept me in suspense the entire time. I care as much for Allison as I do for Parker, and their mother. I can’t really say, though, I have even a smidgen of compassion for the antagonists in the book, and there are several. I love even more the underlying message/theme that flows throughout the book. I love how the author speaks about dry bones, speaking to dead things and how important faith (belief) is. While Allison struggled with the meaning of that message, I also struggled and when she “got it,” I did too. Now to put it into practice in my own life as well as Allison did in hers. Wonderful book – I think if you try it, you will fall in love too. I will be keeping my eye out for more books by this author. He is a breath of fresh air. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions were strictly my own.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Bravo! Another thought-provoking, unique and meaningful book by Jim Rubart. The author's ability to take a fantastical concept and make it applicable to our everyday lives can help shine a mirror onto ourselves just as it does for the characters in the book.I loved the return of characters from Rooms and how their story joins together with these characters' stories. This book does stand alone, but you'll miss the richness of the symmetry if you don't read Rooms first.I really connected with Alli Bravo! Another thought-provoking, unique and meaningful book by Jim Rubart. The author's ability to take a fantastical concept and make it applicable to our everyday lives can help shine a mirror onto ourselves just as it does for the characters in the book.I loved the return of characters from Rooms and how their story joins together with these characters' stories. This book does stand alone, but you'll miss the richness of the symmetry if you don't read Rooms first.I really connected with Allison's and Parker's struggles with their identity and their worth. I had a true sense of anxiety while reading (which is probably why I couldn't put it down) because of Allison's situation at work. I had knots in my stomach and could really identify with her troubles of wanting to help and please everyone, yet not knowing the right way to go about it. The ending was perfect to loosen my anxiety and help me know that God truly does work all things for good if we trust in Him.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This story was very different from what I normally read...the magical realism element was something I rarely encounter in the books I tend to pick up. The story is based around a woman who is given a journal that at times changes the wording that she had written. It references the story of the writing on the wall from the book of Daniel in the Bible, which was always a fascinating story to me. I enjoyed this story and found Allison to be very relatable. Her frustrations at work were very well wr This story was very different from what I normally read...the magical realism element was something I rarely encounter in the books I tend to pick up. The story is based around a woman who is given a journal that at times changes the wording that she had written. It references the story of the writing on the wall from the book of Daniel in the Bible, which was always a fascinating story to me. I enjoyed this story and found Allison to be very relatable. Her frustrations at work were very well written and I felt them right alongside her. I also enjoyed reading about her brother's time working on a ship, the scenes were extremely well written and atmospheric, I could almost smell the salty air. The writing style flowed well but the story took me a while to read through. Overall, this was an enjoyable tale that I would recommend.I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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  • Erin Laramore
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsJames Rubart does it again! In his unique style, he takes a completely unbelievable sounding story and brings it to life. Allison Moore finds herself in some sticky situations - some of her own doing and others that happened to her. She comes into possession of a journal that changes the words she writes in it and it further throws her into confusion as she seeks answers from God on why things are happening and what she can do about it. As the story progresses, she finds strength with s 4.5 starsJames Rubart does it again! In his unique style, he takes a completely unbelievable sounding story and brings it to life. Allison Moore finds herself in some sticky situations - some of her own doing and others that happened to her. She comes into possession of a journal that changes the words she writes in it and it further throws her into confusion as she seeks answers from God on why things are happening and what she can do about it. As the story progresses, she finds strength with some new friends that bring her closer to God. Full of spiritual depth and a story-line that keeps you intrigued, this is one I would definitely recommend! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Jodie Wolfe
    January 1, 1970
    The Pages of Her Life is the first book that I've read by Jim Rubart. I was not disappointed in any way. I found the book to be gripping, and it had a way of working into my own life and emotions as the story unfolded. Jim has a gift of storytelling that has the reader longing for more, even after the end of the book. I will be looking for more books by this author.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    The Pages of Her Life is another great read by James L Rubart. I give it four and a half stars. I recommend it.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting take on how God can work in someone's life to change them. Honestly, it was a little hard to get my brain around at times. What was clear was how Allison and Parker were both trying to fix symptoms, thinking they were fixing the problem. I believe in miracles but they are still weird to read about so the journal and the house were... odd, to say the least. Micah and Sarah were great characters and I would have loved to spend more time with them. Derrek, I never quite figured out i An interesting take on how God can work in someone's life to change them. Honestly, it was a little hard to get my brain around at times. What was clear was how Allison and Parker were both trying to fix symptoms, thinking they were fixing the problem. I believe in miracles but they are still weird to read about so the journal and the house were... odd, to say the least. Micah and Sarah were great characters and I would have loved to spend more time with them. Derrek, I never quite figured out if we were supposed to feel sorry for him, or dislike him, or even trust him. There was on "bad" word and a few other more crass ones. Didn't love that element. I know it's supposed to make the book "realistic" but I don't think it's necessary.I received a free copy from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Terry Conrad
    January 1, 1970
    After reading the synopsis of James Rubart's newest book, I was so anxious to read it. Allison and her brother both feel inadequate about themselves and that they will never be good enough. Their father made it very clear that their late brother was his favorite and that he could do no wrong. When their father dies, they find out that he has left their Mother in massive debt. Allison and her brother go separate ways to help their Mother and to try to come to terms with themselves that they are g After reading the synopsis of James Rubart's newest book, I was so anxious to read it. Allison and her brother both feel inadequate about themselves and that they will never be good enough. Their father made it very clear that their late brother was his favorite and that he could do no wrong. When their father dies, they find out that he has left their Mother in massive debt. Allison and her brother go separate ways to help their Mother and to try to come to terms with themselves that they are good enough. Allison receives a beautiful journal with blank pages and starts writing in it. Overnight, some of her words are missing and replaced with new words. The author's writing is enjoyable as always. He makes reading so easy and I have enjoyed many of his books. That being said, I have to say I was a bit disappointed in this book. As a Christian I must say honestly how I feel. Allison only went to God to say fix this, do that. Take care of this, make this happen. At one point she was so disappointed something didn't turn out the way she wanted, she actually ask God, what the he_ _ are you doing?There was never any message of repentance or forgiveness from Jesus. Never Any praise or thanksgiving to him. Nothing about a personal relationship with God. The journal basically told her what she thought of herself or became was inside of her, the warrior.Her brother's angel kept telling him, who you are, and what you are is right here in your head, inside of you, within yourself. I wish I could have given this book a great review, but I couldn't compromise my thoughts on what I felt while reading this book. Read the book. Your thoughts may be completely different about the content.I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley for my honest opinion.
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  • Kev Willoughby
    January 1, 1970
    "You made the choice to believe all you've come to believe."I've read hundreds of books, yet I usually can do so without getting too close to the characters. I always feel like I'm just an observer, and it ultimately doesn't matter how things turn out because I don't have a stake in what happens. However, I couldn't resist being drawn into the pages of Allison's life in James Rubart's newest novel. When she was excited, I became excited. And when she was mad, I was also angry. When she experienc "You made the choice to believe all you've come to believe."I've read hundreds of books, yet I usually can do so without getting too close to the characters. I always feel like I'm just an observer, and it ultimately doesn't matter how things turn out because I don't have a stake in what happens. However, I couldn't resist being drawn into the pages of Allison's life in James Rubart's newest novel. When she was excited, I became excited. And when she was mad, I was also angry. When she experienced sadness, I felt that, too. And when her circumstances became tense and unpredictable, I was very nervous and couldn't stop turning the pages to see if she would be okay. Any author who can do that from cover to cover has a best-seller on their hands.Yet, even beyond the strong emotional connection, there are still so many other wonderful things happening at the same time throughout this story that the reader will never lose interest. There aren't any good stopping places! Though it is the mystique of the changing journal that drives the plot, the relationships between Allison and her poor mother, Allison and her estranged best friend, Allison and her devious new boss, Allison and her brother, Allison and her wise mentor, and Allison and her adversary at work are all quite intriguing in their own right. Rubart has assembled a dynamic cast of rich characters that are more than able to carry the story for great lengths at a time. Yet these characters are doing more than just carrying the story: they are connecting with many different types of readers, and every one of those readers has something at stake here.There's also the heartache of her mom's financial position, where she finds herself at the mercy of those who are unmerciful. Meanwhile, her brother is struggling with grief and self-identity but is also a thrill-seeker whose story is worthy of being developed even further as its own title. In the midst of each of these struggles, Allison is just trying to hold it all together from day to day. She ultimately has to decide if her faith will become an obstacle or her lifeline. And therein is the takeaway. Rubart is challenging the reader to answer this question as well. But he makes a clear distinction before that challenge when one of his characters asserts that "there's a vast difference between religion and Christianity." Rubart exposes those who use religion, and specifically the Bible, as a way to control others for their own benefit. He also helps us to recognize those people whom God has placed in our lives who really have wise counsel to offer us and our best interests at heart.Some of you who have already read James Rubart don't need me to convince you that this book is worthy of your time. However, if you have read Rubart's books, he has a special treat for you with some cameo appearances from characters that have appeared in his other works. You'll find yourself smiling when you get there. (And it also makes me hopeful that he'll do something similar in future books that he writes!) If you are a new reader, rest assured that this book certainly stands alone and no pre-requisites are necessary; you are also in for a treat, because this won't be your last Rubart book.James Rubart has a reputation for making you think about your life and where you are headed, and he's getting his message across more effectively with each book he writes. Don't miss this one.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Nora St Laurent
    January 1, 1970
    It took me a little bit to get into this story as I didn’t quite understand where the author was headed. I knew from reading all this authors memorable, through-provoking, amazing novels, he would bring all the pieces together and it would be a great aha moment. So, I hung in there.Readers first get to know Allison and Kayla who have been BFF’s for years and decided to go into business together two and a half years ago. Their business and their relationship were going through tough times. They w It took me a little bit to get into this story as I didn’t quite understand where the author was headed. I knew from reading all this authors memorable, through-provoking, amazing novels, he would bring all the pieces together and it would be a great aha moment. So, I hung in there.Readers first get to know Allison and Kayla who have been BFF’s for years and decided to go into business together two and a half years ago. Their business and their relationship were going through tough times. They were working hard but hadn’t reached their goals. Each takes a stole down memory lane talking about their different accounts, etc. When the phone rings.Allison answers. It’s her mother’s neighbor. Her Mom is in the hospital. Fell off a ladder. What was her mother thinking? “A Sixty-two-year-old women did not get up on fifteen-feet ladders…especially a woman with frequent vertigo.”Then the story unfolds. Allison’s father died four months ago, and her mother’s just discovered his secret life which has her deep in debt. Selling the family home won’t even come close to satisfying the loan. When it’s all said and done Allison is astounded by the unimaginable situation her mother finds herself in. Allison is scrambling to help her mom. She first tries to track her nomad brother and tell him the news. After that she gets an unexpected call from Derek a friend from long ago. He wants to make her a partner in his firm. Could this be the answer to her prayers? Life hands her some twists and turns when a beautiful journal is mysteriously given to her. She soon discovers this journal is like no other. Each of her journal entries tells and/or teaches Allison something new about herself and life. Was this really happening or was she just seeing things? Stress can do that to a person. Allison needs answers, so she tracks down the person who gave her the book.This is an engaging story filled with flawed characters I could relate to. There was a strong spiritual message, as the author shows a woman’s struggle with juggling family, friendship, career, making decisions, courage, self-discovery, trust, grace, forgiveness, and walking in the truth of God’s word. There are some surprises too – like having two characters from a previous book show up and meet Allison. I enjoyed this novel and really wanted to go to the coffee shop he talks about in the story. It was a fun place to be. Just like reading this book. Grin! This is a book that would make a good book club pick. There is so much to talk about.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St. LaurentTBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.orgThe Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine https://www.bookfun.org/page/past-iss...
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  • MaryAnn Bell
    January 1, 1970
    Award-winning and bestselling author James L. Rubart explores the way our memories shape us . . . and how they affect our beliefs. Allison Moore has no idea why she got out of her car on that rainy March afternoon and picked up the soaked journal laying on the side of the road. Brought it home. But she did. It was empty. Except for two lines scrawled in the front, too washed out to read. And a Jesus emblem inside the back cover. Something about the journal compels her to start writing in it, cap Award-winning and bestselling author James L. Rubart explores the way our memories shape us . . . and how they affect our beliefs. Allison Moore has no idea why she got out of her car on that rainy March afternoon and picked up the soaked journal laying on the side of the road. Brought it home. But she did. It was empty. Except for two lines scrawled in the front, too washed out to read. And a Jesus emblem inside the back cover. Something about the journal compels her to start writing in it, capturing thoughts about her newly acquired job that she thought would be heaven, but has turned into hell. Then one day, she finds words in the center of the journal. Words she didn’t write: Mene mene tekel upharsin. After her heart stops hammering, Allison Googles the phrase, and reads the story of Belshazzar’s Feast, where a hand from God writes on the wall, and the king is slain. Fear grips her, certain God is coming after her for what she did twelve years back. What she’s done wrong her whole life. She vows to make things right. Then she discovers more phrases appearing underneath each of her journal entries. Those phrases take her on an emotional roller coaster that forces her to look at everything she believes about her past in a new light, and opens her eyes to a supernatural realm of staggering consequence.My Thoughts: What would you do if someone gave you a journal that changed your words after you wrote and spoke directly to you? This is what happened to our main character Allison. This was an enjoyable read, about one woman and her brother and how their memories formed who they were in their lives. The memories of their father's lack of approval affected them throughout life and in relationships. Journaling is a wonderful way to talk to God and to see how He works in our lives. This journal that is given to Allison is extraordinaire! With the changing entries that she sees in her journal, Allison is able to see who she really is and how loved and important she is to herself and those around her. There are lessons to be learned in this novel; we really do need to look deep inside ourselves, checking our character to see if it stands up to what God wants us to be and turn to God in difficult situations. Trust God, listen for what He has for you in life. I loved the concept of this novel. The author has done a wonderful job of putting this story together. The characters were very true to life and easy to connect with. The storyline was flowing and a fast read. I truly enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading more from James L. Rubart.
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  • Wade
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 out of 5 stars“Who we are, and truly are, a matter of perception. Choose the truth, and find yourself. Step through the veiled deception. Know it from the inside out, not from the outside in. Though fear and trepidation wait, it’s time that you begin.”“Whether you believe it or not, you are standing before the dry bones. Your dry bones. You are in the valley. And that valley seems deep, full of darkness. But that is an illusion because the valley is full of light, if you would speak it into 3.5 out of 5 stars“Who we are, and truly are, a matter of perception. Choose the truth, and find yourself. Step through the veiled deception. Know it from the inside out, not from the outside in. Though fear and trepidation wait, it’s time that you begin.”“Whether you believe it or not, you are standing before the dry bones. Your dry bones. You are in the valley. And that valley seems deep, full of darkness. But that is an illusion because the valley is full of light, if you would speak it into being. Now is your time. To speak life into them.”James L. Rubart certainly has a knock for blending in unique storylines with supernatural elements that cause you to think beyond the final pages. “The Pages Of Her Life” is no exception. While a slow burn of a read, it picks up more in the last half. Like many readers, I had no idea the direction it was heading into for awhile. There are storylines about working at an architecture firm, gambling debts, journalling, working on a fishing boat, untrustworthy bosses, angels, and friendships. All good stuff though at times, it made the book meander away at times. The theme of the book is definitely about self worth and how God views you (and not letting others determine your worth or who you are). Great themes, though would have liked for a more personal connection with Jesus and forgiveness, since Allison’s relationship with God did seem more of what can you give me.I did think it was cool to bring in some of the characters from Rubart’s previous book, Rooms, a book I really enjoyed and also found quite unique. So although you can read this as a stand-alone, I would definitely recommend reading Rooms first. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*Check out more reviews on my blog!https://wadeurspider01.wixsite.com/we...
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  • Nyla
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book that I have read by author James L. Rubart, but it will not be the last. He has a writing style that is easy to read and difficult to stop. Once I started this book I could not quit reading it until I had finished it. It captured me within the first few pages and held me until the end.There is no romance but plenty of intrigue, inspiration, mystery in this drama by author Rubart. He makes readers ponder “who am I, really” in this beautifully crafted tale. Are we really the This is the first book that I have read by author James L. Rubart, but it will not be the last. He has a writing style that is easy to read and difficult to stop. Once I started this book I could not quit reading it until I had finished it. It captured me within the first few pages and held me until the end.There is no romance but plenty of intrigue, inspiration, mystery in this drama by author Rubart. He makes readers ponder “who am I, really” in this beautifully crafted tale. Are we really the same person that people think we are? That we think we are?This is the story of brother, Parker, and sister, Allison. They grapple with life, the memory of their father, and taking care of their mother. The author has done a delightful job in creating these two. I was equally invested in their lives. At times I wanted to swoop in and chat with Allison. We had big differences in beliefs a few times.She has a journal as many of us do. However, what would you do if your words were changed after you had written them? This is what is happening in her journal. (Now see why I could not but this exceptional book down?)There are twist and turns galore in this novel. It is a Christian fiction with God and faith woven masterfully throughout the entire book. The life lessons are timely and relevant. They deal with faith, trusting God’s leading, honesty with yourself, forgiveness, hope, contentment, and family. This is a God honoring book leading readers to the truth that God’s voice is really the only one of which we need to listen.I highly recommend this book. It has a section of Discussion Questions at the back, so Book Clubs will be delighted with this find. Men and women alike will undoubtedly love it. It receives 5 out of 5 stars from me. I received a copy from Celebrate Lit but was under no obligation to write a review. These are my honest thoughts.
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  • Becca (Reflections From My Bookshelves)
    January 1, 1970
    Well, It's really hard to describe this book without giving away spoilers but I will do my best. :)I enjoyed this book immensely. The Pages of Her Life is a book that does not fit your typical story. It's like an oreo.An outer layer and an inner layer. The outer layer is your typical story. Allison is an Architect who enjoys her job but it also pays the bills then something happens and she has to figure out what to do. Everyone sees this. The inner layer is the part where her inner thoughts, bel Well, It's really hard to describe this book without giving away spoilers but I will do my best. :)I enjoyed this book immensely. The Pages of Her Life is a book that does not fit your typical story. It's like an oreo.An outer layer and an inner layer. The outer layer is your typical story. Allison is an Architect who enjoys her job but it also pays the bills then something happens and she has to figure out what to do. Everyone sees this. The inner layer is the part where her inner thoughts, beliefs and struggles are. She struggles with who she is. Everyone can't see this layer. I liked how James Rubart took this unseen layer and made it visible using a journal. Its a physical item that represents something untangible. liked most of the characters especially Allison. You can tell when an author has created believable characters when the reader wishes she could punch the bad guys and hug the good guys. Or even just wish they were real people. I think every reader can see a little of themselves in the characters because they are so real. It's fun to read about the various places the characters go to because i have been there as well. I can picture it clearly. Plus, there are some awesome appearances from characters from other stories James has written. The Pages of Her Life is a story that appears to be straightforward but then takes many twists and turns that you're not expecting. You'll not want to put it down! It's a story that will challenge, encourage and give you hope. I know I will be thinking about this story long after I've read it. I believe that the Lord uses stories to change lives. I know that the reader can learn valuable truths right along with Allison. I recommend this book to my family and friends. I received this book from the publisher to read and give my honest review. All thoughts are my own,
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  • Anne Rightler
    January 1, 1970
    Having read several of Rubart’s books I was looking forward to reading this new one and I was not disappointed. With a blend of the speculative and reality, The Pages of Her Life by James L. Rubart is a thought-provoking and compelling story. A soul-searching story of a transformative journey. A journey to knowing one’s worth regardless of what others think or convey. A journey to understanding God’s work in one’s life. When Allison, a young architect, finds herself facing seemingly insurmountab Having read several of Rubart’s books I was looking forward to reading this new one and I was not disappointed. With a blend of the speculative and reality, The Pages of Her Life by James L. Rubart is a thought-provoking and compelling story. A soul-searching story of a transformative journey. A journey to knowing one’s worth regardless of what others think or convey. A journey to understanding God’s work in one’s life. When Allison, a young architect, finds herself facing seemingly insurmountable circumstances she is given a journal, not just an ordinary journal though, but one that appears to be ancient with a gorgeous leather cover and thick creamy white pages, one that is magical…or is it magic? Why was she chosen? What does it mean for her to be given the journal? Will it change her life as the previous owner she’d overheard saying that it had changed his? The author does a great job of portraying timeless emotions and struggles and threading them with spiritual truths to bring a tension-filled story, one with several twists to the plot keeping the reader wondering how things are going to turn out for Allison and her family. I especially liked the message the author brings in regards to the two worlds we live in…the outward world of circumstances, friendships, and words spoken to us and the world of words that we speak to ourselves. We often allow too much of the outside world to inform and influence our inward world. As is usual with this author’s book, it is a story that will not easily be forgotten, one to mull over and reflect on for some time to come. I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
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  • Kahri Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    James Rubart is one of my favorite authors. In fact, he wrote my favorite book: Rooms. (which I highly recommend to everyone, and is referenced in this book) When I saw that NetGalley had a new Rubart book, I had to try to opt in and I was so excited to get it. We are introduced to Allison and her family and the struggles they are going through as well as some peripheral characters and how they relate to them. As with all of his books, I was immediately drawn in and could identify with the chara James Rubart is one of my favorite authors. In fact, he wrote my favorite book: Rooms. (which I highly recommend to everyone, and is referenced in this book) When I saw that NetGalley had a new Rubart book, I had to try to opt in and I was so excited to get it. We are introduced to Allison and her family and the struggles they are going through as well as some peripheral characters and how they relate to them. As with all of his books, I was immediately drawn in and could identify with the characters. Loving journals, I was intrigued from the start about the beautiful journal that would end up holding "The pages of her life." The only part I found to be hard to relate to, was the loan sharks that are part of the story. They seemed a little over the top, but, admittedly, I have never dealt with something like that myself. My favorite part of reading a Rubart novel is the supernatural aspect brought in to each book. I love that I am not just reading a "Christian" book but I am reading a book that will show a person living out a Christian walk in a supernatural way. I also love the way his books make me think about my own life and make me want to share with others. I think his books are perfect for lifegroups, book clubs or reading with a friend. They are definitely made to be talked about and to use to examine your own life. This book was no exception and actually tied in with my word-0f-the-year which was even more wonderful. The book read very quickly but left me feeling like a warrior and ready to speak to my dry bones. I am excited to read his next books. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Teresa Nasson
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.I am a member of the Avid Readers of Christian Fiction Facebook group and since I joined at the beginning of 2018, one author I have seen mentioned constantly was James L. Rubart. He is a highly recommended author of well written books. So, of course, when I see one of his books pop-up on NetGalley I instantly request a copy to read and review.Before I starte I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.I am a member of the Avid Readers of Christian Fiction Facebook group and since I joined at the beginning of 2018, one author I have seen mentioned constantly was James L. Rubart. He is a highly recommended author of well written books. So, of course, when I see one of his books pop-up on NetGalley I instantly request a copy to read and review.Before I started reading Christian fiction, I was very fond of Cecelia Ahern's books. From what I remember, all her stories (or rather most that l have read) have this sort of unrealistic magical element to them that transports you along on the main characters journey. When I started reading The Pages of Her Life, I immediately got that same feeling that something magical (or regrettably something unrealistic) is going to happen here. However, as the story progresses, you are so wrapped up in both Allison as well as Peter's journey. Journeys that we are all faced with in our lives. The need for validation, for feeling wanted, for feeling needed. The Pages of Her Life is a beautifully written story about finding one-self amongst all the hardships life throws at you and being true to yourself. James L. Rubart transports you on a journey of faith and self-discovery. Reminding us that we all have our own identity and we should embrace who we are. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book. I am looking forward to reading all your books.
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  • Michelle Kidwell
    January 1, 1970
    The Pages of Her Lifeby James L. RubartThomas Nelson--FICTIONThomas NelsonChristian , General Fiction (Adult)Pub Date 21 May 2019I am reviewing a copy of The Pages of her Life through Thomas Nelson Fiction and Netgalley:This is one of those books I found hard to put down, because you are drawn into this story from the start!Allison Moore is barely making it. The Seattle architecture firm she started with her best friend is not doing so well! At least there free of the games played in the Corpora The Pages of Her Lifeby James L. RubartThomas Nelson--FICTIONThomas NelsonChristian , General Fiction (Adult)Pub Date 21 May 2019I am reviewing a copy of The Pages of her Life through Thomas Nelson Fiction and Netgalley:This is one of those books I found hard to put down, because you are drawn into this story from the start!Allison Moore is barely making it. The Seattle architecture firm she started with her best friend is not doing so well! At least there free of the games played in the Corporate World. She’s gotten over her divorce. Her Dad’s recent passing has been difficult although their relationship was never really strong.Soon a bombshell drops, her Father was living a secret life, and now her Mom has a massive amount of debt. Just as Allison finds herself scrambling to help her Mom find a way out of debt she is given a journal anonymously during a visit to her favorite Coffee shop. As the pressure to help her Mother find a way out of debt she pours her heart, her fears and heartaches into the journal but soon strange things begin happening!Words in her journal begin to disappear and new one’s start feeling up the empty spaces words that have her looking at herself and everything she knows in a new light.Ignoring the words could cost her everything so could embracing them.I found The Pages of Her Life an intriguing and thought provoking read, therefore I find it worthy of five out of five stars!Happy Reading!
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  • Tabitha Bouldin
    January 1, 1970
    Some books you breeze through, throw it back on the shelf and go, "Yep, good book". Others, you close the book, lean back against the couch cushions and chew over the ideas and spiritual meal you've just been blessed with. The Pages of her Life is in the latter category. When I first read the description, I thought, "should be fun" and I will admit, it was fun; but it also dove into all the nooks and crannies and pulled bits of a broken soul back into the light.I've been struggling lately, more Some books you breeze through, throw it back on the shelf and go, "Yep, good book". Others, you close the book, lean back against the couch cushions and chew over the ideas and spiritual meal you've just been blessed with. The Pages of her Life is in the latter category. When I first read the description, I thought, "should be fun" and I will admit, it was fun; but it also dove into all the nooks and crannies and pulled bits of a broken soul back into the light.I've been struggling lately, more so than usual. I wasn't expecting anything spectacular from The Pages of her Life which is exactly why it hit me with such force. Like Allison, I wanted God to sweep in and take care of everything. Hadn't I done enough? Hadn't I proven myself enough? Through Allison's story, I learned it's not about that. It's about being the warrior God created me to be. It's about accepting myself, for myself, and knowing who God created is a woman of worth.There were times when I disagreed with Allison. She would proclaim she was a Christian, then adamantly portray someone who believed God no longer performed miracles. The idea of an angelic journal was an interesting twist that I truly enjoyed. God was present on every page but in such a way that it was a gentle leading instead of a drowning.I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and was provided a copy from the publisher. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Windi
    January 1, 1970
    Another good solid read from James L Rubart. It's been some time since I have read his books and I haven't read any since the WellSpring Novels so it was with great anticipation that I began this book. However, I must admit some disappointment. Story line was great - but it was too.....easy? I'm not used to that with Mr. Rubart's writing. Was someone else writing for him or under his name? His plots and characters, as I remember them, seemed to be more complex than in this book. I had a hard tim Another good solid read from James L Rubart. It's been some time since I have read his books and I haven't read any since the WellSpring Novels so it was with great anticipation that I began this book. However, I must admit some disappointment. Story line was great - but it was too.....easy? I'm not used to that with Mr. Rubart's writing. Was someone else writing for him or under his name? His plots and characters, as I remember them, seemed to be more complex than in this book. I had a hard time believing Allison was so naïve in regards to her boss/partner. I also couldn't figure out if Derek was just that mean minded and slick or if he was that deceived about himself. In spite of that, I did enjoy reading the book and will go back to read some of Mr. Rubart's novels that I have missed. What I really enjoyed about this one, was meeting again some of the characters from a previous book, "Rooms". "The pages of Her Life" seems to leave room for a sequel or at least a continuation into another book. I hope so, and should he write it, I will read it. "Rooms" was the first of Mr. Rubart's books I read, and the reason I have kept reading and will continue to read his books.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers and NetGalley for the advanced copy. Publication date: May 2019
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